Going Green

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

In an effort to become more "environmentally conscience", I recently jumped on the bandwagon and purchased reusable grocery bags at Publix - obviously you can get these at a number of local retailers, but I love the bright colored green bags they have and they're ONLY $1 each. Needless to say, I haven't been using them EVERY time I take my weekly trip to the grocery store, but I have made the effort just the same. My Boy actually got me to buy them, and I have to admit I was surprised that he seemed so ready-to-take-action because he's not normally that kind of guy. Recent reports from Kroger showed just how bad these bags really are:
  • Every year Americans throw away 100 billion plastic grocery bags. These bags can clog drains, crowd landfills, and leave an unsightly blot on the landscape.

  • Plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to break down.

  • Each reusable bag has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags over its lifetime.

  • The production of plastic bags requires large amounts of crude oil, natural gas, or other petrochemical derivatives.

  • The production of paper bags requires large amounts of wood, petroleum, and coal.

It's obvious we are being wasteful as a society and we should EACH do our part to help protect our Earth so join in the cause and buy some bags- It doesn't matter if you buy the top of the line bags or get the rather inexpensive ones I bought, as long as we're all making small steps towards a better environment, it's all the same to me! Although I have to admit, I did find some very cute ones so I thought I'd share- you can buy these at Reusable Bags or Be Happy Bags

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